This busy Baptist Church in Stamford, CT has been plagued with severe leaks at all four corners of their "sanctuary", which represents the largest space in the church complex. Water would literally run down the walls of the sanctuary during rain events. As you can see in the video, the rain gutter system is built-in and a structural part of the building. After a detailed inspection by our HAAG Certified roofing inspector, Francis J. Heneghan, it was determined that the gutter liner was at this point just a patchwork of "fixes" and failing repairs. The liner was a variety of modified bitumen as well as granulated "peel and stick" ice and water membrane and water was visible in seams and under various patches. There were also two covered hatches that were deemed vertically undersized. The parapet walls as well were porous concrete and needed attention.
Francis J. Heneghan then designed a robust commercial solution to eliminate these water issues once and for all. All loose gutter and parapet material was first scraped away by hand and then pressure washed to clear out all dirt, standing silt, and loose material. A Sikalastic (liquid plastic membrane) product was then selected and applied to areas in need. Connecticut Gutter LLC is an approved applicator of Sika products. This Sika system was designed to qualify for a 20-year manufacturer's warranty! It consists of a primer coat, a base coat of liquid plastic, a premium fiberglass remat layer backrolled into the base coat and then 2 additional layers of liquid plastic membrane. The end result is a seamless, completely watertight "skin" on all surfaces handling roof water runoff. Sika's "Copper Green" color was chosen for its patina beauty from the sky and because of its sun reflectivity (cooling effect) on the old building, versus other darker colors available. Using a "cool" color can save an institution big money on cooling costs in the summer months.